Aunt Gertie loves Country Café

Aunt Gertie and Tony Wei (on right)

Aunt Gertie stopped by to see Tony Wei and he told me he acquired a love for cooking from his mother. At first it was his favorite hobby but when his family immigrated to the United States from Taiwan in 1984, he decided to be in the restaurant business as a career. So he bought a place in Long Beach from a gentleman who taught him everything about American style cooking. What he really wanted was a café in Seal Beach. It’s the place to be but it’s a tiny town so he waited for a long time to find the perfect location. The citizens of this community are so glad he found it.

Tony Wei, and wife Christine, opened the Country Café, Dec. 25, 2016. They have good food and great service. He said, “The most popular dish on our menu is the Banana Pancakes.” I was hungry for lunch so I decided on the Veggie Delight sandwich, crammed full of avocado, onions, tomato, lettuce and cheese on sourdough bread and I was delighted. Double-delicious! I also asked to sample the Hollandaise sauce, which is made right there on site in the kitchen and it was superb. Aunt Gertie is going to come back for a Popeye Omelet and pretend I’m a sailor gal. You’d better watch out when I shovel that fresh spinach, bacon, onions, mushrooms and Jack cheese into my face like crazy cause my arms will blow up like gigantic balloons!

Country Café serves breakfast and lunch and has a lot of repeat customers especially on the weekends. They’re located at 330 Main St., half way between Pacific Coast Highway and Central Avenue. Tony also has a second location in Cypress so he’s a very busy man. He, like so many people, has fallen in love with Seal Beach — the crown jewel of the California Coastline. Stop in for a bite and tell Tony, Aunt Gertie sent you!

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